A man nonchalantly riding his bicycle, a woman sitting peacefully at her front gates, kids having fun on the road and a dog freely crossing (without fear of being flattened into a carpet),…and look at the coconut palm trees and the row of casuarina trees. Oh, what peace and serenity!
That was how Pantai Bersih (Bagan Ajam, Butterworth) looked in the days of my childhood and early youth. Only about 10 minutes’ walk from our attap house, the beach was the family’s go-to place for cheap and good recreation in the late afternoons.
We had lots of fun, playing with in the sea, and the sand, and of course, digging for siput (plentiful in those days).
Alas, today, the place is a mess, with all kinds of makeshift food stalls sprouting all over like wild mushrooms. ‘Bersih’ no more!
Note : photo is not mine – taken from the Internet